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Make Your Best Holiday Party a Casual Christmas Potluck

This Christmas, keep it casual, and throw a holiday potluck party. The best thing about Christmas potlucks is everyone helps out, chipping in something wonderful. The host stays happy and guests can take their pick from a multitude of tasty options. With these top-rated potluck recipes, you're set up for easy holiday entertaining.

Make it a holiday buffet. To reduce clutter, set out a second table for the dishes, silverware, and napkins. And serve your potluck buffet-style. Put guests in the holiday spirit with simple table-top decorations like leafy garlands lining a deep red tablecloth. Find more ideas on how to throw a show-stopping potluck. For now, let's get to some perfect potluck recipes.

1. Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries & Walnuts

Here's the ultimate party appetizer. You'll split a wheel of brie cheese, stuff it with walnuts and cranberries, and wrap it up in puff pastry. Freeze first, then bake until the crust is golden brown.

Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries & Walnuts

Photo by Chef John

2. Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree

"This delicious cream cheese-based appetizer is a great addition to any holiday party and is always a hit with guests due to its festive look," says Laura. "After the tree has reached desired firmness, set it on your serving platter and top the tree with lemon peel cut into the shape of a star. Serve with your choice of crackers."

Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now

3. Christmas Pizza Appetizer

Crescent rolls create a quick and simple Christmas tree appetizer topped with cream cheese, sour cream, chopped broccoli, diced red bell peppers, and shredded Cheddar cheese. "This cold, pizza-style appetizer is a refreshing change from heavier Christmas fare," says JENHA.

Christmas Pizza Appetizer

Photo by SunnyDaysNora

4. Stuffed Hasselback Turkey Breast

"Much easier than a traditional roast turkey, this sliced and stuffed turkey breast takes far less time than a whole bird, and it's perfect for an everyday or holiday dinner for a smaller group," says Chef John.

Stuffed Hasselback Turkey Breast

Photo by Chef John

5. Hot Tamale Pie

Tamales are a classic, if worky, Christmas treat. This casserole version is much, much easier to make. It's perfect for Christmas potlucks. The secret ingredient is boxed cornbread mix, which makes quick work of things. Between layers of cornbread batter, you'll add shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, frozen corn, and ground beef seasoned with salsa and poblano peppers. So simple.

Hot Tamale Pie

Photo by lutzflcat

6. Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

Baked ham is a terrific idea for holiday potlucks. This one preps in about 15 minutes. Just brush and bake! The flavorful glaze features brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, orange juice, orange zest, Dijon mustard, and ground cloves. "I made this for a Christmas potluck dinner, and it was a hit," says LOTTIENJ. "The glaze had the right amount of tanginess from the Dijon mustard and the citrusness from the orange and zest was just perfect, not too overpowering."

Photo by TTV78

7. King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Like a chicken enchilada pie, this casserole features cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups, sour cream, diced chilies and tomatoes, bell peppers, spices, and Cheddar. You’ll layer a casserole dish with tortillas, chicken, sauce, and cheese. It's a great recipe for using up leftover or rotisserie chicken.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Photo by Chef John

8. Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

"A delicious alternative to regular mashed potato recipes," says Chef John. "It's a very user-friendly way to serve your potato side dish. They're really decadent: not too rich, but just rich enough, and perfect for any special occasion."

Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Photo by Lorem Ipsum

9. Spinach Pomegranate Salad

This fresh salad flies the colors of Christmas. "This was a huge hit a Christmas," says Lisa. "It looks lovely and tastes divine." Discover the quickest, easiest, no-mess way to deseed a pomegranate.

Spinach Pomegranate Salad

Photo by Amanda

10. Sweet Potato Casserole II

Always a favorite, these sweet potatoes will pair beautifully with either the ham or the turkey breast. "Fluffy sweet potatoes mixed with butter, sugar, and vanilla, and baked with a crunchy pecan streusel topping," says Mary48.

Sweet Potato Casserole II

Photo by Christina

11. Christmas Tree Cupcakes

"Need a festive Christmas cupcake in a hurry? Pipe green frosting on your favorite cupcakes in the shape of a Christmas tree and decorate with an array of sweets and sprinkles as Christmas ornaments," says Kris. Watch how to make these festive Christmas cupcakes using green frosting and a piping bag, trimming the trees with your favorite edible decorations.

12. Double-Decker Marshmallow Fudge

"A layer of homemade marshmallow batter is poured over a pan of fudge to make a truly decadent version of this holiday favorite," says Mackenzie.

Double-Decker Marshmallow Fudge

Photo by Mackenzie

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